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Last Saturday the Eagles held their annual Eagles Autism Challenge, a fundraiser that includes a charity bike ride. A bunch of Eagles players participated in the ride, and they were easy to spot because they wore winged bike helmets similar to the ones the team wears on the field.
I’m a daily cyclist myself, so that got me thinking: Why doesn’t the NFL sell licensed bike helmets? It seems like a natural, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them for sale, nor have I seen other cyclists wearing them.
Some quick googling led me to this site, whose helmets look like this:
As you can see, several of those helmet designs are out of date (and the Rams are still listed as being in St. Louis!). As it turns out, the site appears to be abandoned/defunct/etc. But at least these products give us a sense of what NFL bike helmets could look like.
If you look on eBay, you’ll find a few youth bike helmets that appear to be officially licensed:
These all appear to have been made by a Pennsylvania company called Hogies, which as far as I can tell is no longer in business. They’re nice enough, although there’s a certain rinky-dink gumball aspect to them, maybe because the logo decals seem a bit small.
So it doesn’t seem like there’s anything currently in production, especially for adults. With more and more cities adding bike lanes and becoming increasingly bike-friendly, this seems like a good opportunity for someone with a bit of entrepreneurial ambition.
(My thanks to @kodywiddak for bringing the Eagles charity ride to my attention.)
In case you missed it on Wednesday, the death of Jim Brown (who played for the Browns, who wear brown) got me thinking about brown uniforms.
I knew brown wasn’t a particularly popular uniform color, but I was really surprised by how infrequently it’s been used. That led me to create a full-blown rundown/rankings article on the few, the proud, the brown.
You can read the beginning of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Substack (which will also give you access to my full Substack/Bulletin archives). My thanks, as always, for your consideration!
A bunch of new designs, most of them purple, have been added to the membership card gallery (including Michael Grubb’s, which is based on the ECU football team’s throwbacks). I hope to have all of the purple cards printed, laminated, and mailed out to the new membership enrollees by the end of next week.
Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch, and fun to boot. And remember, a Uni Watch membership card entitles you to a 15% discount on any of the merchandise in the Uni Watch, Uni Rock, and Naming Wrongs shops. (If you’re an existing member and would like to have the discount code, email me and I’ll hook you up.)
As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here (now more than 3,300 of them!), and you can see how we produce the cards here.
Can of the Day
There’s something really satisfying about that giant “Mc”! Love how the drop-shadowed diamond shape bleeds off the bottom edge of the can, too.
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I’m visiting my mom today, so I won’t be responding much, if at all, to comments or emails. Please nice while I’m away, okay? Okay! — Paul